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Best English Summer Ales Ranked by the 2010 U.S. Open Beer Championship

This Top Ten List of Blonde Ales is from America's Best and Top Ten and from the results of the 2010 U.S. Open Beer Championship.

1. Sandbagger's Gold - Montana Brewing - Montana
Twilight Ale - Deschutes Brewing - Oregon
3. Fuller's Summer Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner - England
4. Surfer's Summer Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery - Oregon
5. George's Summer Ale - Mount Rushmore Brewing - South Dakota
6. Bar Harbor Summer Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company - Maine
7. Monteith's Summer Ale - Monteith's Brewing - New Zealand
8. Grace's Summer Ale - Lake Placid Pub And Brewery - New York
9. English Summer Ale - Anacapa Brewing - California
10. Gale's Summer Breeze - George Gale & Company - England


English Summer Ale

English Summer Ale is light straw to golden colored with medium-low to medium bitterness, light to medium-light body, and low to medium residual malt sweetness. Torrefied and/or malted wheat are often used in quantities of 25% or less. Malt flavor may be biscuit-like. English, American or Noble-type hop character, flavor and aroma are evident and may or may not be assertive yet always well balanced with malt character. Mild carbonation traditionally characterizes draft-cask versions. In bottled versions, normal or lively carbon dioxide content is appropriate. The overall impression is refreshing and thirst quenching. Fruity-ester characters are acceptable at low to moderate levels. No butterscotch-like diacetyl or sweet corn-like dimethylsulfide (DMS) should be apparent in aroma or flavor. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.
OG: 1.036-1.050
FG: 1.006-1.012
Alcohol by Weight: 2.9-4%
IBU: 20-35
Color SRM: 4-6 


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